PKI (Public Key Infrastructure) ensures secure exchange of data and authentication over the Internet through management, distribution and identification of public encryption keys.
It can include a combination of components to manage the process of creating, distributing and revoking keys and digital certificates.
Benefits of PKI
- Military-grade security: PKI provides the highest protection of your sensitive documents and authentication of your users.
- Additional security functionalities: You can encrypt data, disk, and email, as well as digitally sign.
- Optimized authentication and cost savings: Password management is costly. PKI eliminates the need for users to remember long, complex passwords that they will need to change frequently. A single credential will give users access to multiple applications.
- Improved business processes: Eliminating password protocols will reduce helpdesk calls and an overall IT overhead.
Who’s using PKI?
The majority of implementations are in these industries:
- Financial Services
- Healthcare and Pharma
- Technology and Software
The most significant growth areas are:
- Public sector
- Software organizations
A surge in adoption is contributed to:
- Increased use of cloud-based services
- Internet of Things (IoT)
What are the main components?
- Digital certificates
- Public and private keys
- Secure sockets layer (SSL)
- Certificate Authority (CA)
- Key security (HSM)
- Management tools